Ways to Get Involved

Whether you want to further conservation, learn more about nature or share your love of the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. National wildlife refuges provide many opportunities for you to help your community by doing what you love. National wildlife refuges partner with volunteers, youth groups, landowners, neighbors and residents of urban and coastal communities to make a lasting difference. Find out how you can help make American lands healthier and communities stronger while doing something personally satisfying.

Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge provides numerous volunteer opportunities including:

  • Adopt-a-kiosk
  • Tree plantings
  • Invasive plant removal
  • Trash removal
  • Trail construction/maintenance
  • Outreach events


Discover for yourself what tens of thousands of volunteers have learned: Volunteering for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is fun and rewarding in many ways. Learn new skills, meet new friends and enjoy a sense of accomplishment from doing your part to further wildlife conservation for the pleasure of generations to follow. Check out our station's latest volunteer opportunities on volunteer.gov.

Individual volunteers are welcome to get involved in numerous types of refuge management activities and are encouraged to participate in our on-call program, which enables staff to contact volunteers on an as-needed basis according to the individual's interests indicated on volunteer forms. Students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in biology, conservation or other related fields are also encouraged to submit project proposals for research and monitoring activities on refuge lands via our special-use permit program. Contact the refuge at 660-672-2806 to learn more.

Our Partners

Nature does not recognize human-made boundaries. In order to conserve our natural and cultural resources effectively, we must work with others to bridge these boundaries. Partnerships foster creative solutions to challenging situations and often the results are greater than the sum of the parts.


Sign up for the refuge adopt a kiosk program. With more than 30 information kiosks throughout the state of Missouri, the refuge may have one close to you. Here you can manage public information, greet visitors and perform maintenance.

Education Programs

Open the door to a potentially life-changing experience. If you land a student internship, a fellowship or a volunteer opportunity at a national wildlife refuge national wildlife refuge
A national wildlife refuge is typically a contiguous area of land and water managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  for the conservation and, where appropriate, restoration of fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

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, fish hatchery or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service site, you’re bound to come away with new insights and excitement about conservation.